At Glatfelter, we understand that protecting
the environment is important to our customers, shareholders,
employees and the communities in which we live. While we
acknowledge that it is impossible to totally eliminate all
environmental impacts from our forestry and manufacturing
operations, we are nevertheless committed to minimizing our
environmental impact through the use of
best management practices, environmental management systems and state-of-the-art pollution prevention and waste
treatment technologies. Our commitment to environmental protection is the foundation of our Environmental Policy.
Our environmental initiatives achieved a
milestone in 1999 when our Spring Grove, Pennsylvania Facility became the first pulp and paper mill in the United States
to receive third-party certification of its environmental management
system. Our Neenah, Wisconsin and Gernsbach, Germany pulp and paper
mills are also ISO 14001
certified. Plans call for all Glatfelter manufacturing facilities to be ISO 14001
certified in 2005.
There are countless reasons to be responsible environmental stewards.
At Glatfelter, we recognize this and we will continue to go Beyond
Glatfelter Pulp Wood Company
Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Matching Seedling Program
Glatfelter's Environmental Policy reflects its commitment to comply with environmental
laws and regulations, practice pollution prevention and continually
improve the environment. Instituted in 1997 as part of the ISO 14001
certification process, this policy is the foundation for the Company's
Environmental Management Systems (EMS).
Glatfelters vision is to be the global supplier of choice in specialty papers
and engineered products. A core value of the Company is environmental responsibility.
Accordingly, the Company is committed to:
- Empowering employees to take personal responsibility for awareness and control
of environmental issues on the job.
- Complying with environmental laws and regulations and voluntary principles to
which it subscribes.
- Practicing prevention of pollution by using natural resources efficiently,
reducing waste, encouraging recycling and reuse, and reducing adverse
environmental impacts that may be caused by its operations.
- Maintaining and continually improving an environmental management system with
the goal of improving environmental performance.
- Practicing sustainable forestry on Company-owned lands as well as encouraging
landowners we work with to manage their lands in a sustainable way.
If you are interested in learning more about Glatfelter's EMS, please contact
Skip Missimer, Corporate Director - Environmental Affairs at (717) 225-2755,
firstname.lastname@example.org or Kelly Snyder, Management Systems Manager,
(717) 225-4711, email@example.com.
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Glatfelter Pulp Wood Company
Glatfelter Pulp Wood Company, incorporated in 1918 is a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Glatfelter. Its mission is to ensure a continued supply
of high quality pine and hardwood fiber for use in manufacturing
operations of the Spring Grove Facility. Fulfilling this mission
requires a dual effort.
providing the wood for papermaking
managing the forest from which the wood is harvested
A staff of seventeen foresters leads this effort. Most of the foresters
have responsibilities in both wood procurement and forest management.
The Spring Grove Facility requires approximately 1,000,000 tons of
wood fiber annually. This is about 180 truck loads per day, five
days a week. One-half of the fiber is softwood (pine) and one-half
is hardwood. More than one-third of this requirement is met by reclaiming
material from other wood processors. Sawmill chips, a by-product
of the lumber industry, are purchased from 120 sawmills throughout
the procurement area. Roundwood used for papermaking is delivered
to Spring Grove by more than 400 individual suppliers in lengths
of eight feet to twenty-two feet and in diameter from four inches
to twenty-four inches.
The Company owns 86,000 acres of managed forests in three states
- Virginia (46%), Pennsylvania (33%), and Delaware
(21%). Seventy-one percent of the land is managed to grow pine, and
29% is managed to grow hardwood. All of the land is managed for
the multiple-use benefits of soil and water protection, wildlife
habitat enhancement, recreational activity and the aesthetics of
undeveloped open space.
Company-owned land provides 26% of the total fiber requirement.
Publicly owned or government lands provide 3%. The overwhelming
majority of our wood supply, therefore, is harvested from private
woodlands. Glatfelter foresters work closely with local landowners
to support sustainable forestry initiatives.
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Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
Trees are essential to life. As they grow, trees serve as oxygen
factories, converting carbon dioxide into a precious resource. Trees
provide shade from the sun and they recycle water to the atmosphere by
absorbing it from the soil and releasing it into the air. Our forests
also are important to wildlife as a source of food and shelter.
People depend on trees for construction lumber, furniture, cosmetics,
recreational equipment, fuel, medical products, and paper.
What's so great about trees is that they are a renewable source.
But the word "renewable" doesn't mean that we should use
our forests carelessly. After all, if we don't manage and protect
our woodlands today, they may not be useful to meet the needs of
For many years, Glatfelter Pulp Wood Company, a subsidiary
of Glatfelter, has been in the business of harvesting trees to make
paper and managing woodlands for the future. In 1917, we were one
of the first paper companies to hire a professional forester. Over
the years, our foresters have created forest management plans that
generate wood fiber for papermaking, maintain wildlife habitat,
produce greater biological diversity, and provide public recreational
In 1995, the Glatfelter Pulp Wood Company ascribed to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative,
or SFI, which was developed by the American
Forest and Paper Association in 1994. This initiative establishes
policies and guidelines designed to ensure the future of today's
abundant forests. Glatfelter is currently SFI third party certified. This certification
recognizes our commitment to meet all the goals of SFI. While the SFI is new to the industry, the Pulp
Wood Company has practiced many of the program's techniques for
In recent years, Glatfelter Pulp Wood Company has replanted
trees on land that was not always forested. Acres of unused agricultural
land now serve as tree farms. The new trees prevent soil erosion
and make productive use of land that would take many years to develop
naturally into a forest.
Timber volume in the United States is greater today than it was
80 years ago, and continues to increase every year. That's due to
the positive stewardship efforts of forestry companies and private
We will continue to promote the use of sound forestry techniques,
taking into account all of the special characteristics of a forested
area. This includes joint efforts with organizations like The Nature
Conservancy to protect rare plant life and with state governmental
agencies to create diverse wildlife habitats.
We are proud of our success in providing wood fiber for papermaking
while caring for one of our most valuable natural resources - our
forests. All of us should appreciate the beauty and importance of
woodlands and do our part to help protect them for future generations
to use and enjoy.
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Matching Seedling Program.
In addition to planting pine seedling on Company lands, Glatfelter
provides seedlings to private landowners in Pennsylvania, Maryland,
Virginia, New Jersey, and Delaware. As a means of encouraging tree planting,
the Company will share the cost of the seedlings with the landowner.
Since 1946, tree planting on Company-owned land and on private lands
through the matching seedling program, has resulted in the establishment
of nearly 200,000 acres of forest.
To any landowner or logger who requests it, we provide technical
advice and assistance to assure that the lands being harvested to
supply our mills with paper are sustainable for the future. The
importance of these private lands to our future wood supply needs
cannot be overstated. Good stewardship now is absolutely necessary
if forests are to provide benefits and products in the future.
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Other Environmental Information
Drinking Water Quality Report
Lake Marburg Status
More environmental information coming soon...